ESPN's 2010-11 NBA Player Profiles: Baron Davis Projection: 17.0 pts, 4.3 reb, 8.7 ast per 40 min;...
ESPN's 2010-11 NBA Player Profiles: Baron Davis
Projection: 17.0 pts, 4.3 reb, 8.7 ast per 40 min; 15.92 PER
• Big, athletic point guard who can overpower small guards in post.
• Good shooter with feet set but takes horrible shots, especially in 2-for-1s.
• Outstanding defender when motivated, but often hurt or distracted.
OK, Baron, this is getting ridiculous. Davis launched four 3-pointers a game and connected on only 27.7 percent of them. If he had done virtually anything else with those possessions -- passed to somebody else, driven the lane, quick-kicked, anything -- he probably would have been an All-Star. Instead, he's descended into the league's "honorable mention" category at the point guard position, because you can't waste this many possessions on such a low-likelihood proposition.
That's a shame, because the rest of his game is still really good. Davis captured seventh in pure point rating, led all point guards in blocks per minute and nabbed eighth in steals per minute. He shot a career-best 82.1 percent from the line and ranked above the league average at his position in every category except two: field goal percentage and true shooting percentage.
Unfortunately, he's been too stubborn to stop hoisting contested 3s off the dribble, and until that changes, he's just another good point guard.